Sunday, March 31, 2013
Fade to Black
These remarkably lifelike silk roses sat on a table near the window in an abandoned house in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. They were photographed through a window though it’s not evident in the image. The window gave enough illumination to provide highlights up front but allowed the background to fall into shadow. That mix of light and shadow gives the flowers a sense of depth and of volume.
Bethlehem, a picturesque but threadbare resort town on the western slope of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, is famously a summer vacation destination for Orthodox Jews from New York. The heady stew of Hebrew signs, Stars of David and New England farmhouses is eclectic and tinged with humor. Green Acres meets Borough Park. Gefilte fish and cider. Yamulkes and bibb overalls. Make me stop!